Preventing and managing pressure ulcers in patients receiving palliative care
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Preventing and managing pressure ulcers in patients receiving palliative care

Lynn Cornish Tissue viability lead, St Margaret’s Hospice Care, Somerset, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To understand the challenges of maintaining skin integrity in patients receiving palliative care

  • To learn how to optimise the care of pressure ulcers in patients receiving palliative care

  • To count towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD, or you may wish to write a reflective account (UK readers)

  • To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

Pressure ulcers are more common in patients being cared for in palliative care settings than in the general population. Patients with life-limiting illnesses are living longer than ever before, and many present with multiple co-morbidities. Palliative care involves improving the patient’s quality of life by achieving a balance between treatment, comfort and maintaining dignity. The length of time required to heal pressure ulcers in this patient population can prove challenging, requiring significant resources and expertise. However, when the appropriate nursing expertise and resources are available, prevention, improvement and healing of pressure ulcers are achievable.

Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2021.e1299

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lynn.cornish@st-margarets-hospice.org.uk

Cornish L (2021) Preventing and managing pressure ulcers in patients receiving palliative care. Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2021.e1299

Conflict of interes None declared

Published online: 09 June 2021

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